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xxxsteveoxxx

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I have the newest version AirPort Extreme and the iPhone 6. How do I know if I'm on AC wifi?
 

geoff5093

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Transfer a large file over WiFi, something in the several GB range and see how long it takes. Or if you have a 100Mbps+ internet connection, use the speedtest app.
 

xxxsteveoxxx

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So you're saying it's prob automatic? I didn't know if it was supposed to come up as an alternative to the regular hotspot and the 5ghz.
 

wxman2003

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Set up your AC to have a different name for the 5GHZ band. If you are logged on to the 5GHz band, you will be on AC if your device supports it.
 

zzoomp09

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B/G/N - 2.4 GHz
N/A/C - 5 GHz

Go to the wireless options and see if 5GHz is enabled and what SSID it is. Then connect your iPhone6 to it.
 

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iPhone7ate9

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If you set your router to the newest speed (N? ac?) but a device you have only accepts up to g, will it work?
 

wxman2003

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From the Apple site

AirPort Extreme features simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi‑Fi. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they’ll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance.

https://www.apple.com/hk/en/airport-extreme/
 

pumperx

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I just bought a AirPort Extreme today to accomadate my new i6+. I am very happy the speed, not just on iPhone 6. Even my iPad and kids iPad mini also seems to connect much faster than before. Money very well spent.
 

HEK

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Get the WiFi Sweetspots app. It allows you to test WiFi speed independent of internet connection. I have the AirPort Extreme with ac band and my iPhone 6 Plus gets the following results, 279 mbps.

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SluGuru

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Get the WiFi Sweetspots app. It allows you to test WiFi speed independent of internet connection. I have the AirPort Extreme with ac band and my iPhone 6 Plus gets the following results, 279 mbps.

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Thank you so much for sharing this! I have literally been looking for this tool for months.
 

HEK

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Thank you so much for sharing this! I have literally been looking for this tool for months.

Glad to help. I just found it as well. I really like checking out the strength around the house. Reposition the AirPort Extreme to maximize signal strength and distance.
 

osofast240sx

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Glad to help. I just found it as well. I really like checking out the strength around the house. Reposition the AirPort Extreme to maximize signal strength and distance.
does it have router location feature? To pin point the best placement?
 

HEK

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does it have router location feature? To pin point the best placement?

I run app on the phone and walk around house watching the speed fall and rise. Find the dead spots, then can move router and see results. Interesting how walls absorb signals. Raise my AirPort Extreme router to higher location. Improved some weaker areas. The AirPort Extreme has multiple antennas that beam wifi signal.
 
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